Sunday, September 21, 2008

Over $3,200 Raised at Regatta’s ‘Muskoka School’ Gala!

Many thanks to the wonderful people at ‘Regatta Steak & Seafood Grille’ for organizing and holding a special fundraising gala this past Saturday evening for the ‘Muskoka School’ Project in Cambodia. ‘Upstairs at Regatta’ was filled to capacity, with everyone enjoying the fabulous music provided by Muskoka’s newest jazz sensation – ‘The Neil Barlow Jazz Orchestra’. Fabulous food was served throughout the evening, which included tantalizing tokens off Regatta’s menu.

The MC for the evening was Gravenhurst’s own, Dan Blix, who introduced the special guest speaker for the evening, Canadian documentary filmmaker and photojournalist Richard Fitoussi, project manager of the Cambodia Land Mine Museum and Relief facility in Cambodia. The ‘Muskoka School’ project in Cambodia is an outreach project of this facility in collaboration with ‘The Trailblazer Foundation’. Dan also read a letter of support for the ‘Muskoka School’ Project from our very own Norm Miller MPP. A short visual presentation of the school project was shown. Jim Goodwin of the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst, gave a heartfelt speech on this club’s support of this project, one of the projects of their international committee.

Another of the highlights of the evening was the silent auction, with over 40 items, which brought in $3,190 towards the project. Thanks to all those generous area businesses who donated to, sponsored and volunteered to make this event a grand sucess:

Regatta Steak & Seafood Grille
The Wharf – Gravenhurst

Red Leaves JW Marriott Resort & Spa
Lake Rosseau, Minett

The Rock Golf Course at Red Leaves
Lake Rosseau, Minett

Taboo Resort Golf and Spa
Gravenhurst

The Sands Golf Club
Gravenhurst

Muskoka Bay Club
Gravenhurst

Rotary Club of Gravenhurst

Norm Miller, MPP
Parry Sound-Muskoka

Muskoka Today

Gravenhurst Banner & Bracebridge Examiner

The Artstract Co.
Gravenhurst

The Neil Barlow Jazz Orchestra

Serenity Muskoka Bed & Breakfast
Gravenhurst

Jay & Linda Harrison

Gord & Dale Durnan

Jim & Marlyn Goodwin

Bill & Dora Rathbun

The Peppermill Players
Cello, Violin, Flute.

The Muskoka Café
Gravenhurst

Chamberlain TIM-BR MART
Gravenhurst

Mia
Fashion & Boutique
Gravenhurst

Rick and Mary Woodall

Penny Varney Jewellery
Gravenhurst

Gagnon’s
Your Independent Grocer
Bracebridge

Bay Street Wine
Gravenhurst


Dale Durnan - Artist
Gravenhurst

Curves
Gravenhurst

Cook’s Hollow
Tack & Apparel
Gravenhurst

Sontag’s Pagoda
Bird Feeders
Gravenhurst

30,000 Island Cruise
Lines Inc.
Parry Sound


Terry’s
Your Independent Grocer
Gravenhurst

Gravenhurst
Saxophone Quartet

Steve Thomas

Dan Blix/Graphic Design
Gravenhurst

Nautilus North
Strength & Fitness Training
Bracebridge


Bayview Wildwood Resort
Port Stanton, Sparrow Lake

Wine Not
Gravenhurst

Cottage Cuts
Gravenhurst

SAS Home & Gifts
Bracebridge

Beyond the Basket
Gravenhurst

The Real Muskoka Experience
Gravenhurst

Sutton—around muskoka realty inc.
Gravenhurst

Due North
The Wharf, Gravenhurst

Lisa McCoy’s Wicker Restoration,
Seat-weaving and Basket Kits
Gravenhurst


Jason & Susan Cook
Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka Realty
Gravenhurst




To date, well over $14,000 of the $20,000 goal has been reached to realize this project, that will ‘MAKE DREAMS REAL’ for over 300 impoverished children in rural Cambodia – a school which will proudly display the name ‘Muskoka School’!

Education is the key to the future for many of the children in developing countries. It is a luxury many of those children can only dream of. You and your family can help that dream become real by attending a special fundraising evening on Thursday, October 16, from 5-8pm at the Gravenhurst Boston Pizza. For information on making a personal donation, please call or email Lisa McCoy at 687-8538, mccoy@vianet.ca.

Thanks Muskoka, for opening your hearts to the less fortunate children of the world. This project is very close to fruition because of you.